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IPR BOOSTS FLEET AHEAD OF RAINY SEASON

Disruption on work sites will grow in the next few months as rain returns to many of the country’s provinces, demanding a rapid dewatering solution.

Pump and dewatering specialist IPR – previously known as Integrated Pump Rental – has added capacity for the inevitable spike in urgent enquiries. According to IPR operations manager Henru Strydom, renting of dewatering pumps remains a great option for dealing with emergencies.

“The high level of responsiveness that IPR offers is directly related to the available fleet that we have developed,” says Strydom. “We have always been proactive about growing our rental capacity as we do not believe in leaving dewatering to chance during the rainy season.”

Having a rental fleet that is commensurate with the growing market demand has been vital to IPR’s ongoing success and interestingly most of these are trailer mounted. He explains that trailer mounted units allow optimum mobility and flexibility. Pumping units can be deployed rapidly to sites when required and can also be easily moved on the site itself.

“Renting or leasing offers many advantages over buying your own pumping equipment for infrequent dewatering needs,” he says. “This is especially the case if companies lack the staff or resources to regularly maintain equipment; they never know whether the equipment is serviceable when unexpectedly high rainfall leads to a sudden emergency.”

He notes that pump ownership inevitably incurs hidden costs related to labour, training, maintenance and spares. Many pump owners may not be aware of the attention that pumps need if they are to be ready for action at a moment’s notice.

“As a quick-response team that is completely focused on our equipment’s readiness, IPR of course handles all the maintenance requirements of rental pumps,” he says. “We can also provide on-site training to customers’ staff, so that the equipment is employed to its fullest value.”

What this all adds up to, says Strydom, is better control of project costs. It also means that the right equipment is supplied for the job at hand, which is vital when heavy rains cause unexpected flooding. IPR’s fleet of rental dewatering pump sets is large and diverse, ensuring that suitable units are always available when needed. These cover the full range of submersible drainage, dewatering, slurry and sludge pumps. Diesel driven dewatering pump sets are most often the solution of choice, as it is easy to get these units started and operational even on remote sites where there is no access to power.

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